Covid-19: 516 New, 912 Active, 2 In Hospital

January 4, 2022 | 38 Comments

The Ministry received 9,532 test results – spanning four days — and 516 were positive, so active cases have now increased to 912, with two people in hospital.

A Government spokesperson said, “Since the last update, the Ministry of Health received 9,532 test results and 516 were positive for Covid-19.

“These results are from testing completed between December 29, 2021 and January 1, 2022 inclusive:

  • Wednesday: 123 positive out of 2314 results [5.3% positivity]
  • Thursday: 116 positive out of 2746 results [4.2% positivity]
  • Friday: 160 positive out of 2501 results [6.4% positivity]
  • Saturday: 117 positive out of 1971 results [5.9% positivity]

“The Ministry notes that 176 of the new cases are classified as imported with history of travel in the previous 14 days. The additional 340 new cases are classified as either local transmission [113] or under investigation [227].

December 2021 Covid Calendar Day

“Additionally, there are 126 recoveries and 0 deaths.

“There are 912 active cases, of which:

  • 910 are under public health monitoring; and
  • Two are in hospital with zero [0] in intensive care.

“Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 6,936 coronavirus cases, out of which 5,914 have recovered, and sadly there have been 110 coronavirus-related deaths.

“The source of all active cases is as follows:

  • 407 are Imported
  • 158 are classified as local transmission
  • 347 are Under Investigation

“Active cases by vaccination status, transmission, and type:

  • “Imported cases: 92% are fully vaccinated and 8% are not fully vaccinated.
  • “Local/Under Investigation cases: 65% are fully vaccinated and 35% are not fully vaccinated.

“The source of all confirmed cases is as follows:

  • 1,309 are Imported
  • 5,249 are classified as local transmission of which:
    • 3,285 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
    • 1,964 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
  • 378 are Under Investigation

“As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change. For information regarding age distributions and overall transmission categories, please refer to The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is less than 1 [0.81].

January 4 2022 Covid Calendar Day

“The Ministry is once again issuing a reminder about testing for outbound travellers.

“Outbound travellers must still in the first instance undergo the process of getting tested at a testing facility.

“The Ministry notes however that there continue to be delays being experienced with persons receiving their test results in a timely manner due to the current outbreak fueled by the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

“The Ministry of Health advised that it continues to work with local healthcare partners and professionals to make outbound antigen tests available through physicians’ offices and pharmacies.

“As an added note, the Ministry provided the following update regarding tomorrow’s [Wednesday’s] Miami flight.

“Testing will not be done at the Airport. Instead, MDL has planned for those results to be issued this evening.

“The Ministry reiterated however that apart from the Miami flight, antigen testing for those outbound passengers who have not received their results in a timely fashion, and whose travel plans may be impacted will have their tests facilitated at the Airport as advised by the Call Centre.

“For more information regarding outbound traveller testing or for updates on their test results before travelling, persons should contact the Call Centre at 444-2498 or 1-833-570-2594.

Active cases by Age Group Bermuda January 4 2022 IG (1)

“The Ministry also notes that the vaccination/booster programme at Pier Six resumes tomorrow [January 5, 2022], and booster appointments can be booked for weekdays at Pier Six from tomorrow.

“As a reminder, those individuals who are 65 and over and those who are eligible for a booster [as their second shot was more than six months ago], should take advantage of this opportunity to get vaccinated.

“If you are 65 and over, you do not need an appointment at Pier Six.

“Lastly, the Ministry reminded that each of us has a role to play in stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Please continue to follow the public health guidelines; please wear a mask; please practice good hand hygiene; and please maintain physical distance.”

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  1. DisGuy says:

    How many of these active cases are vaccinated and therefore do not matter to the active number? Are not a worry and not at risk.

    • Otrwele says:

      Clearly the vaccinated are still a risk because they are still able to spread it. Just like any asymptomatic or symptomatic person vaccinated or not! Tell this crap to a cancer patient to see if it matters that your vaccinated or not? Because it doesn’t!

      • sandgrownan says:

        The ability of your hypothetical cancer patient, or anyone else requiring treatment for a chronic condition, is directly affected by the vaccination rate for COVID.

        That’s why those that are deliberately anti-vax are wankers.

        But you know this.

        • Otrwele says:

          I am not a antivax you clown! I’m pro choice idiot. I have the right to make my own choices . Without being called names and discriminated from wankers like you! What I am though is anti stupidity. But You know this becuase If your nit allowed to question science than it’s propaganda!!! Becarefull following the masses becuase sometimes the “M is silent!

          • sandgrownan says:

            You have a moral and social responsibility to be vaccinated. The “pro choice” argument in the context of a public health crisis is asinine. You are smarter than that.

            And, if I will be drawn, the science is quite clear.

            • Question says:

              Rubbish. Vaccines don’t stop you from catching covid, and don’t stop you from passing it on. Safekeys are a total waste of time. Vaccine does help prevent serious disease and death.
              And they are not risk-free, particularly for younger men, which is why many countries have banned or restricted mrna vaccines for young men.
              Vaccines should be a personal choice, based on one’s own assessment of risk.

            • Joe Bloggs says:

              People DO have a right to choose whether to vaccinate or not and they should not be ridiculed for that choice.

              Would you also advocate for forced sterilisation of men or women because the world is over populated and each has a “moral and social responsibility to be” sterilised?

              • sandgrownan says:

                To both “Question” & “Joe Bloggs”:

                The science is clear, in the case of COVID there are a number of simple steps we can take to reduce spread and impact. Mask wearing, personal cleanliness, social distancing and vaccination. It’s really that basic.

                We know, conclusively, that being vaccinated reduces the chances of contraction, transmission of the virus AND, importantly, if you are unlucky, the impact. This is particularly critical if health systems are stretched to breaking point. What if you are that cancer patient needing treatment, perhaps a transplant candidate or perhaps you get swiped off your bike on a Friday night? What happens if you, for medical reasons, are unable to take the vaccine?

                It’s even more important, therefore, that those of us that can be vaccinated do get vaccinated. It’s your moral and social responsibility to do so. Any “personal choice” argument is selfish.

                @Question: Assume you mean mmr or mmrv? Either way, need a citation for “many countries”. I’ll wait. I also know you have done minimal reading on epidemiology.

                @Joe Bloggs: Sorry, you’re wrong on this one. I don’t know if you’ve watched the news, there’s a global health crisis – 5.5m dead. And there is precedent for forced vaccinations in the UK and US.

                You know, both of you, there are two major factors that have improved global health over the last century – one is the availability of clean drinking water (and consequently improved hygiene) and mass vaccination programs.

                • Joe Bloggs says:

                  “And there is precedent for forced vaccinations in the UK and US.”

                  No, there is NOT. As far as I am aware, the last doctors to engage in such forced “treatment” were doctors Josef Mengele and Wladyslaw Dering

                  • sandgrownan says:

                    You need to do more research.

                    Vaccination was first made compulsory in 1852, and the provisions were made more stringent in 1867, 1871, and 1874.

                    Admittedly, this was for smallpox, but there is precedent.

                    In the US, some states already mandate certain vaccinations for specific categories of adults. New York, for example, requires that all workers in hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities be immunized against measles and rubella. Rhode Island requires child care workers to not only be immunized against several common childhood diseases, but to get an annual flu shot, too. Several states have specific vaccination mandates for college students.

                    And before you get on your high horse about personal choice or some other bollocks, there is legal discussion that forced COVID vaccinations would not be against human rights, certainly in the context ECHR and British Law. Happy to discuss this with you further if you like.

                  • sandgrownan says:

                    I did respond to this – not sure why it’s not showing up.

                • question says:

                  The vaccine does not prevent contraction or transmission of omicron. So the idea that you’re somehow protected by Safekey when you go into a restaurant, is wrong. You aren’t.

                  Our health system is not ‘stretched to breaking point’, or anywhere near it.

                  If you’re completely uninformed about the countries that have restricted the use of MRNA vaccines with young males, just admit it. It’s nothing to do with MMR. You act like you know everything about this, but you don’t. Why don’t you just admit it.

                  • sandgrownan says:

                    No-one has ever, as far as I’m aware, claimed that. It reduces the likelihood of getting it, transmitting it and getting seriously ill from it.

                    It isn’t now, thankfully, as we hope (think) we’re on the back side of this thing. But you go talk to any doctor or nurse about the last 18 months. They’ll give you a pretty frank assessment of how “stretched” they were. Not just here, but in the UK too.

                    Apologies, I misread MRNA.

                    MRNA vaccines have been around for quite some time, but not considered financially viable until relatively recently. The biggest issue, or argument, is over who holds the patents.

                    A couple of Scandinavian countries have paused the vaccine rollout (Moderna specifically) due to very rare cases of myocarditis and pericarditis among youths and young adults that had been vaccinated. Ironically, the risk of myocarditis is substantially increased for those who contract COVID-19, and vaccination is the best way to protect against this.

                    Do some more reading, and stop being so hysterical.

        • Otrwele says:

          Your right . I am smarter than that. Moral obligation??? Since when?? The only point of taking a vaccine is to protect your own health and if I choose not to that’s my choice. And there’s nothing immoral about that! I have supported the science around vaccines. My children all have been vaccinated in the past. So again, stop calling people anti vax!! Getting vaccinated is your choice so If you stopped attacking people than you might find that we have zero issue with you but we will defend ourselves! When you have to give away a happy meal at MC Donalds and free spa days etc in exchange for a vaccine then clearly something is wrong. But if that’s what you want then just shut up already and leave the rest of us alone . I believe the vaccine works against prevention of serious illness. So then if it works as intended then stop worrying about those who don’t want it! At the same time we have done nothing wrong to trust the science of our own perfectly working immune system. Which has been so conveniently thrown under the bus. Over a virus with less than a 1% mortality rate. I’ll take my chances thank you and let those who see value in taking the jab for there own health benefit do so and leave it right there.

          • sandgrownan says:

            There are a number of scholarly articles that discuss the proliferation of vaccine hesitancy (commonly known as anti-vax sentiment). You should go look them up.

            By not being vaccinated, you put other people at risk directly and indirectly. If more people had been vaccinated early on, then it’s arguable that the situation we are in now (hopefully being on the back side of this thing) would have happened 6 months ago.

            The anti-vaxers are partly responsible for prolonging this situation.

  2. Ringmaster says:

    Looks like a usual flu season. Time to end the Emergency Measures and get back to normal. Ignore the stupid non data driven foolishness put out by the MoH and get back to normal. Wilson and Burt are incapable of handling the situation, so give it back to the people. That’s what the UK has done.

    • Jack Bauer says:

      Couldn’t agree more. Who knows how many people have it or will get it. It’s literally mutated with a common cold coronavirus. If we continue to track the numbers every season every year, we will never get over this thing. In reality we should just move on unless the hospital gets overrun with actual omicron complications. Doubtful though. The numbers everywhere else in the world state that this thing is 50-70% less severe. We also need to stop saying “people in the hospital” as if that means something. Because if they broke their leg, and went to the hospital and tested positive who cares?

      • sandgrownan says:

        You know this for sure? I hope you are correct, certainly SA, German and UK data suggests it’s the case.

        I personally would favour tracking hospitalised COIVD cases, and abandon mass testing at this point. The UK appears to be moving that way.

  3. Question says:

    That Rabain Hotel Recruitment Event with 780 people on December 21 was not such a great idea after all, was it.

  4. Marine Life says:

    The US Stipulation is testing done within 24 hours of departure, NOT 3 DAYS! What do these politicians not understand?! Have they reached out to the US Government who are supposed friends of this country to communicate the challenges faced because of this strict ordinance? We have two countries now doing wrong to their average citizens.
    It is disgusting what happened to the traveling public these last couple of days. I would never recommend people coming to Bermuda. It is not worth it anymore. Too much chaos and problem. Other places are much better. The tide has turned under this government’s watch.

    • pink buoy says:

      Just a technicality, US requires no more than one “calendar” day before travel, different from the previous 72 hours (not 3 days) for the little ease it provides, so a 3pm flight can be tested at 7am the day before. It is stated in the Order and in instructions to airline crew.

  5. Rig says:

    Honestly I don’t care anymore, we’ve all had it, might get the flu, we just need to live, get the masks off of the kids, return to living.

    Bermuda seems the last place to understand that. And if you aren’t vaccinated I honestly care even less.

  6. Inflated in comparison says:

    This virus spreads quickly and in short time. So you may as well assume that the majority of people on flights will have the virus eventually as they stood in lines for check in, lines to board the plane, lines to go through immigration and then to pick up luggage. Then there is the long line for the PCR test. Plenty of opportunity to catch it. Since we then test 3-5 times, it will get picked up even if they have no symptoms. So yes, we should expect a lot of cases. In contrast to entering say Canada. Take a test board a flight. At the arriving airport they offer you a take home test. Not required, but if you are interested. No 3-5 tests. Our numbers are inflated compared to elsewhere!

  7. Question says:

    Still, the booster programme had a nice two-week break. That’s the main thing.

  8. Lebron James says:

    We need to be more transparent regarding the people in the hospital. Is it directly tied to covid or not? because I know that if someone hurts themselves, goes to the hospital for a different reason and gets tested for covid that gets added to the numbers and that throws the public off. Be more transparent.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “goes to the hospital for a different reason and gets tested for covid that gets added to the numbers”

      Yes, it gets added to the number of people who test positive for COVID-19, as it should.

      It does NOT get added to the number of people who are in hospital due to COVID-19. Obviously such a person is in “hospital for a different reason”

      • Sailor Moon says:

        Lol, that’s how it is everywhere in the world….if you go to the hospital you get tested for covid…if you test positive you are a case in the hospital. You didn’t know that?

  9. Naruto Uzamaki says:

    We are all going to get it. Its over 4 times more virulent. Masks are not going to work. And thats fine. Its literally the common cold now. We can all get it and go back to normal. It’s also a short 2 day time span between catching it and shedding symptoms. My family had a cold a week ago. We probably had it. Who knows. We are better now.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “My family had a cold a week ago. We probably had it. Who knows. We are better now.”

      That’s the spirit! Damn all those weak people who will die from you spreading COVID-19!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Why not just close the airport like the government SHOULD HAVE A LONG TIME AGO!!! The government needs to STOP putting the island at risk!! How are Bermudians supposed to work to keep a roof over their head and food in their fridge?! Government CAN NOT pay EVERY LAST PERSON WHO CANT WORK!! Children need to be in school LEARNING not doing bulls&^t remote learning!! How you expect your child to learn anything off a small ass screen that they can’t even see nor hear the teacher properly because of the other kids distractions. Parents can’t stay home with their kids to do that AND work!! Students can’t even learn that way, they need to be IN SCHOOL ACTUALLY INTERACTING!! That is the point of the schools!!!! Unless government can support ALL FAMILIES in bermuda, which they can not, I strongly suggest shutting the airport down WHERE ALL THE VACCINATED CASES ARE COMING IN!! You thought getting vaccinated would stop the spread?! Thank you are just as dumb as the government! It’s only going to get worse as more strains of “Covid” come out, we’re at what now 4 different types, maybe 5 and that’s just the beginning! Honestly this island has gone to complete S&^T and the only people to blame is the s&^t government who doesn’t care about their OWN PEOPLE!!

    • TRUTH says:

      You’re suffering from variant CCO = Crazy Covid Overload. Please see a doctor and take a vacation.

    • sandgrownan says:

      French MPs have passed the government’s controversial vaccine pass bill after three days of an angry stop-start debate.

      The legislation, which requires people to be fully vaccinated to enjoy social, sporting and cultural activities, was approved by a large majority in the assemblée nationale in the early hours of Thursday morning.

      The bill was passed by 214 votes against 93 and 27 abstentions. It will now be presented to the upper house, the sénat, to be debated on Monday.

    • sandgrownan says:

      Italy has made it obligatory for people aged 50 or more to be vaccinated against Covid-19 as the country scrambles to ease pressure on hospitals and reduce deaths amid a dramatic surge in infections.

      The measure is among the toughest vaccine mandates in Europe and takes effect immediately.

      • question says:

        We have 900+ cases and two people in hospital. There is no need for hysteria.

        • sandgrownan says:

          Force vaccinations OR stop testing me. Simple.

          Let the unvaccinated take their chances, they’ve had enough opportunity to throw off the shackles of stupidity.

    • STFU says:

      Shut your pothole you alarmist troll! Shut the airport? You obviously don’t have kids away in school or others overseas who need your support etc. not to mention those of us who work overseas or need healthcare overseas! STFU

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